San Francisco: 4 Spots for Dinner & Drinks

To me one of the best parts of traveling is at the end of a busy day. You’ve been walking, exploring, taking photos, and snacking, and now you get to just savor a comfortable dinner with your travel buddy. Here are the places we chose when the hubs and I were in San Francisco!

El Techo – Mexi-Merican Rooftop Restaurant – Mission District

Casual, great happy hour prices, and rooftop views of the city. Anything else you really need? Probably not. Just some empanadas and a margarita!

Probably a good idea to book ahead for this place – it definitely fills up!

El Techo, San Francisco, CA

El Techo, San Francisco, CA

Bacco – Authentic Italian Trattoria – Noe Valley

This one is pretty unassuming from the outside. Slightly off the main 24th St drag in Noe Valley, it’s small and quaint. This was one of those family restaurants that could be a total home run or a total dud. Thankfully, it was the former! All the pasta is made in house, the staff knows their stuff, and the wine is delicious. Make the trek here for an easy no-wait and authentic Italian dinner.

Bacco, San Francisco, CA
Bacco, San Francisco, CA

The Snug – Cocktails & Californian Fare – Fillmore District

I really enjoyed everything about this place. Atmosphere, drinks, food, service, it was all so so good. Try their unique cocktails and eat some homemade spam on rice appetizers and you will not be disappointed. I also recommend sitting upstairs for ultimate views of bartenders making drinks!

The Snug, San Francisco, CA
Naan and hummus with shiitake mushrooms and burnt leeks

The Snug, San Francisco, CA

The Snug, San Francisco, CA
Spam and kimchi lettuce wrap

The Snug, San Francisco, CA

Mensho Tokyo – Ramen – Tenderloin/Lower Nob Hill

So this find was a total accident. Hubs and I met up with a relative and tried to go somewhere else but changed our minds. We found Mensho on Google and went, only to find a line out the door (hint-hint, that’s a good sign). We decided to wait and learned that this place is pretty famous. Mensho Tokyo originates in Japan and this is their first flagship in the U.S.!

It was worth the wait, but to avoid getting hangry – eat a snack beforehand so you can withstand the line!

Mensho Tokyo, San Francisco, CA

Mensho Tokyo, San Francisco, CA

Mensho Tokyo, San Francisco, CA


Where else have you been in San Francisco that I should get to next time?

Lydia Jane

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